Gone, and not a moment too soon
January 20, 2009 | The presidency of George W Bush, 43rd POTUS, passed today at noon, Eastern Standard Time, surrounded by millions of citizens who had assembled in Washington, DC. Many millions more watched the passing on television, broadcast around the world.
The presidency had been in extremely poor health for years; crippled by ideology, psychological delusions, and paranoia it was unable to carry out routine tasks of governing nor "promote the general Welfare." It did, however, secure many blessing for itself and its friends. Despite all that, a small number of supporters — about 18% of the people — remained steadfast to the end and said they would miss the miserable so and so.
Up to the very last moment, the presidency remained in the grip of deep denial and disconnect from reality. At his final press conference, just a week before his end, POTUS 43 said, "I strongly disagree with the assessment that our moral standing has been damaged ... that, you know, people view America in a dim light."
Reflecting on the past eight years — and I use the word 'reflecting' loosely — Bush said he was "disappointed" by the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq; said he was "disappointed" by the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison; said the "mission accomplished" banner was a mistake in "message" only; said he "never felt isolated" in his bubble; said he was "disappointed by the tone in Washington" but acknowledged no part in it. In fact, Bush portrayed himself as an innocent bystander, who just happened to be present when all these disappointing things happened.
Asked in one of his numerous exit interviews about the rout suffered by Republicans in the last election, Bush maintained that "we shouldn't change our philosophy... [but] we may want to change our message." In other words, the failures of the last eight years are just a mistake in marketing.
In denial. Disconnected.
Survivors of POTUS 43 have chosen a new POTUS, a young man with a sharp mind and big plans for America. Battered by eight years of incompetence and not-so-benign neglect, the citizenry holds high hopes and even higher expectations for POTUS 44.
POTUS 43 said of POTUS 44, "I wish him all the best." Amen to that!
Last updated on Jul 14, 2016